Teagasc and NUI Galway announce a new partnership – BSc Agricultural Science degree in the West of Ireland

2021 saw the launch of a brand new BSc in Agricultural Science at the National University of Ireland Galway with a strong focus on Sustainable Agriculture; attracting over 500 applicants in the first year. Building on close research and education links between the two institutions and particularly with Teagasc’s Mellows Campus, Teagasc and NUI Galway […]

IFA and Bord Gáis Energy Launch New Solar Energy Pilot

IFA and Bord Gáis Energy launched a comprehensive solar pilot for farmers today. The project, which has been in development for over a year, reached a key milestone this week with the successful installation and commissioning of two farms. Martin Stapleton, Chairman of IFA Member Services said, “IFA and Bord Gáis Energy have invested a […]

Glanbia Vote a Milestone Event for Farmers – Arthur

IFA Dairy Chairman Stephen Arthur said the outcome of today’s Glanbia SGM that will see farmers take full control of Glanbia Ireland is a milestone event. “The largest milk processor in the country is now in the hands of its farmer shareholders. The emphatic result shows that farmers want to have control of their destiny […]

Ifac urges farmers to reduce pressure on cash flow now to mitigate impact of rising costs next year

Ifac, Ireland’s farming, food and agribusiness specialist professional services firm is encouraging farmers to prioritise budgeting and cash flow management to mitigate the impact of rising costs and tight profit margins. From a financial perspective, 2021 has been a good year on most Irish farms. Commodity prices are up for milk, beef, lamb and crops. […]

GLAS Extension Will Provide Farmers with Certainty

IFA Rural Development Chairman Michael Biggins said the announcement that farmers participating in GLAS 1, 2 or 3 will be offered an option to extend their contract into 2022 will provide certainty for applicants. The existing contracts are due expire next month and the extension is part of EU CAP Transitional Rules. It has been […]

Farmer Co-operation Central To Achieving Ireland’s Electricity Future – IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan said it’s paramount that both EirGrid and the ESB fully recognise and respect that the co-operation of farmers is essential to the development of grid infrastructure in Ireland.  Meeting the 500MW micro-generation target by 2030 as outlined in the EirGrid Roadmap ‘Shaping our Electricity Future’ can only be achieved with farmer […]

Beware of new tax implications for receiving gifts and inheritances warns ifac

Ifac, Ireland’s eighth-largest professional services firm and specialist for the farming, food and agribusiness sectors, is warning beneficiaries of gifts and inheritances of new tax implications.  Ifac Head of Tax, Declan McEvoy said: “A change in how the value of gifts or inheritances of free money is calculated for Capital Acquisitions Tax purposes will have implications for anyone […]

New IFA Horse Project Team Meets to Set Out Priorities

The Chairman of the IFA Horse Project Team (HPT), Richard Kennedy, recently presided over the first in-person meeting of the IFA Horse Project Team with new members appointed by the IFA National Officer Committee. The meeting discussed and agreed on the main priority areas that the IFA HPT will focus on for the 5,000 farm […]

World Habitat Day – Managing Hedgerows to Protect Habitats

IFA Environment & Rural Affairs Chairman and Smart Farming’s Programme Leader, Paul O’Brien said that while hedgerow cutting is now permitted to the end of February, farmers should be aware that hedges provide food and shelter and habitats for wildlife and birds throughout the winter months. “Ideally, we should do as little as possible with […]

On National Potato Day, Consumers Asked to Support Local Growers

On National Potato Day, IFA President Tim Cullinan has called on consumers, retailers and the foodservice sector to support Irish potato growers. “It’s a critical indigenous sector, worth €111m at the farm gate. 400 growers plant over 8,000 hectares annually. They supply high quality, nutritious produce to Irish consumers throughout the year,” he said. “Potatoes […]

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